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Nahcotta Gallery + A Call to Artists!

May 4, 2007

I love spending time in Portsmouth, New Hampshire because there’s always a little shop to explore, a gallery to visit, and a good sandwich to be gobbled up over at the Rusty Hammer. One stop that’s always on my list is Nahcotta, which is why I was so excited when Deb wrote in this week to tell me about an upcoming art show they’re having — and if you’re an artist — how YOU can get involved!

Nahcotta Gallery + A Call to Artists!
Nahcotta features the artwork of both established and emerging artists in a gorgeous, two-level gallery located in the heart of Portsmouth along the waterfront. With an eye for modern design, they’re well known for their contemporary art exhibitions and home decor, and given their location, they have a steady flow of foot traffic all year round — especially in the warmer months and in Autumn, when the port city is bustling.

Nahcotta Gallery + A Call to Artists!
Their upcoming show, Enormous Tiny Art Show II, will feature only work that is 10″ x 10″ or smaller and will take place from September 12th – October 7th. This show will be in conjunction with Three Graces Gallery, whom I wrote about here on decor8 recently (another great gallery in the city). The Three Graces show will be called “Teenie Tiny Art Show.”

If you’re an artist that is interested in contacting Nahcotta and perhaps entering your work, please email Deb at gallery AT nahcotta DOT com with “tiny art” in the subject line, and she’ll send you the official application.

Have fun and thanks Deb for contacting me!

(images from nahcotta)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Objects

Bombus: Decoupage Art (UK)

May 3, 2007

The coolness that exists these days on etsy is sheer bliss. Take this decoupage art by UK artists, Amelia Coward and Lee Hunnisett De Beer of Bombus, which means “busy bee”.

Bombus: Decoupage Art (UK)
Appearing in the Telegraph and the London Times, this design duo uses vintage maps, hand-printed linen, and comics to cover chairs, tables, bowls, books, teapots… You name it, they can cover it. And Amelia has her own etsy store, where she’ll customize something just for you. After peeking at their work, I had to blog it because it’s pretty cool and I think some of the chairs would be a fun mix around a tulip table or wood farmhouse table, give the dining room a little character… Amelia and Lee also have a website where you can view more of their products. Thanks Amelia for writing in, great work!

(images from bombus)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration

Martha Stewart *New* Crafts

May 2, 2007

Woo-hoo! The much anticipated Martha Stewart: Crafts collection is now at Michaels and on the new Martha Stewart: Crafts website where you can shop online 24/7.

Martha Stewart *New* CraftsMartha Stewart *New* CraftsYou see, I have this thing for Martha and her perfection. I’m so charmed by it all. To live the lifestyle she offers the modern haus frau is exciting, and if I can buy into it by crafting paper monkeys and sticking some minty green labels on a glass jar, writing “flour” and “sugar” in the best cursive I can, then I’ll take it, sold!

Martha Stewart *New* CraftsMartha Stewart *New* CraftsSpeaking of labels, I’m a huge fan of all the food packaging goodies she carries now, especially the project tips, like this one. There’s even gorgeous ribbon and wrapping paper to buy, along with gift wrapping tips. Oh Martha, you are too perfect. I’m thrilled to see this line, it looks flat out addicting.

Get crafty, have fun, create!

(images from martha stewart:crafts)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Renee Garner of Wolfie and the Sneak

May 1, 2007

Taryn D. wrote to me about Renee Garner’s etsy shop, Wolfie and the Sneak, and I loved it so much I had to spread the word because it’s fun, bright, spirited, and perfect for those of you that collect prints like I do. I’m a little obsessed with print collecting right now, but whatevah. It beats smoking crack.

Renee Garner of Wolfie and the SneakSomehow I think I’ve heard of Renee before, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, now I know who she is and so do you. We’re all so savvy when it comes to these indie artists, aren’t we? And there are so many great ones out there, it’s fantastic how we can own work for so little moolah to replace all the years of framed prints we may have from big box stores. Now I purchase only art from friends, galleries, eBay, or etsy. It’s a pledge I made with myself. Support artists. The joy of framing things you love created by people that put so much of themselves into it, sheer pleasure! And it doesn’t have to be expensive…

Renee Garner of Wolfie and the Sneak
I find that everything Renee creates appeals to me on some level, especially since she uses colors that I like and lots of animal imagery. But I’m crazy in love with the color-it-yourself prints (I just purchased these, shown below) because they’d give me a chance to be a little creative and have fun without stressing over my inability to draw like she does. Now I can take part in this art, and hang it on my wall, knowing that the color choices came from me. That’s sorta cool.

Renee Garner of Wolfie and the Sneak
Psst: Renee has a beautiful blog, and she is giving away her seed pod print (below top left) if you are one of the first 5 to comment on this post today! Not here on decor8, over on Renee’s blog…

Renee Garner of Wolfie and the Sneak
Thanks for writing in, Taryn!

(images from renee garner)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Objects, Rooms

Shanna Murray *New* Collection for May

May 1, 2007

Shanna Murray contacted me recently about her etsy store and I was so excited to see her new collection when I read, “Every month I celebrate the beauty of daily life, centering on a theme, with each new month and theme, a new set of designs will be here in the shop.” What an exciting store, I love the idea of work created according to a theme, rotating monthly.

Shanna Murray *New* Collection for May
This month, her shop is based on the May} to market theme. She just launched it today, so you have to take a peek. All materials used in her designs are organic and/or recycled (unless otherwise specified), which makes her collection that much more special. Coin purses, linen bags for market shopping, pillows, and the best part, the girl can take a good product shot. She should totally take photos for a living. Her collection of images are stunning. I love how delicate and precious her work appears, using linens combined with hand-stitching, it’s traditional materials used to create modern, clean designs. Something we all love to see.

Shanna Murray *New* Collection for MayShanna Murray *New* Collection for MayShanna Murray *New* Collection for MayThank you Shanna for sharing your collection with us!

(images from shanna murray)

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